Headline: Amarinder’s son probed over financial violations


Photo caption: Raninder Singh (centre) leaves with his supporters after answering questions for four hours from financial investigators.

The son of former Punjab Chief Minister and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh was questioned for four hours earlier this week regarding suspected violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the UK-based Jacaranda Trust case.

Responding to the third summons issued to him, Raninder Singh was given a questionnaire running into eight pages. The questions pertained to his family background, property details, movable assets and account details, sources said.

Raninder, who was accompanied by his Jaiveer Shergill, has been told to provide the investigators his wife’s and his income tax details and his travel record since 2007.

Following the interview, Raninder said: “I cannot comment on the case since the investigation is in progress.”

Shergill said there were no allegations in the summons. Asked if details of any Swiss bank activity by his client had been sought or furnished, he said, “There are no such accounts.”

Raninder, president of the National Rifle Association of India, had missed the last summons on July 14, citing preparations for shooters headed for the Olympics. He had sought an adjournment last month on medical grounds.

In an unrelated development, Capt Amarinder Singh has condemned the incidents of violence against Dalits across the country.

“There appears to be a dangerous pattern in the verbal and physical abuse and violence against the Dalits everywhere, which is either being ignored or encouraged, at the peril of sparking off a caste war in the country,” he said in a statement.

He also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the matter.

Amarinder announced that he would lead statewide protests against the anti-Dalit violence on Sunday. He will personally lead the protest at Kartarpur in Jalandhar district.